Port of Thunder Bay Shipping Volumes Up

Canada Steamship Lines Baie Comeau at Canada Malting
Canada Steamship Lines Baie Comeau at Canada Malting

Grain compartment onboard the Algoma Equinox
Grain compartment onboard the Algoma Equinox

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – The Port of Thunder Bay remains well-ahead of last year in cargo volume as of August 31.  Year-to-date grain volumes are 10% higher than last year, while total port shipments of all goods are up 17%. Shipments in August were slightly above the ten-year average for the month at 750,000 metric tonnes.  Potash and coal volumes continued to be strong, offsetting the slight dip in grain movements for the month.

A good mix of cargoes have been crossing port docks this season, including ten-year-high potash volumes and a variety of project cargoes.

Chart of Port of Thunder Bay cargo numbers
Chart of Port of Thunder Bay cargo numbers

Keefer Terminal, the Port Authority’s general cargo facility, has handled a diverse assortment of project cargoes including windmill parts, electrical transformers, pressure vessels, modular structures, steel and rail.  This week a shipment of modular structures for a hotel project in western Canada are being offloaded at the terminal.  Media are encouraged to contact the Port Authority for photo opportunities.

An influx of vessels are anticipated in September as the Prairie grain harvest begins making its way into the transportation system.  Keefer has several shipments scheduled this month including more structural steel and windmill parts.